Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
NOVEMBER 1939
 
 
 
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JAN 1940
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Masbate and Tagapula, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Friday, January 12, 1940

Pittosporum moluccanum
Pittosporum moluccanum collected from Tagapula Island, Philippines and photographed by Edward Beckwith on January 12, 1940
Pittosporum moluccanumPittosporum moluccanum
Pittosporum moluccanum in Fairchild plot 21, grown from seed collected on January 12, 1940, photographed by Carl Lewis on January 12, 2010
We started at 5 A.M. and followed a SE course with Masbate to starboard. After breakfast I did some contact printing of David’s pictures and made a good many of the junk from the Casiana. Fenton helped me and we turned out a lot. He showed good aptitude and I think will be of help about such things as printing which I take no interest in.

At 3:30 we approached the small island of Tagapula and tried to land. Shore too rocky. David got ashore in a native boat and Hugo and Fenton got in from the launch to look for palms. I landed with Anne and Marian in another cove. Anne decided to try and cross the ridge to the next cove where David was while I stayed with Marian. The junk lay off the shore. A hut there with some natives, one a girl who looked as though she had leprosy. The others were apathetic and took little interest in our arrival. We finally all got back to the junk after a rather disorganized afternoon. Nothing of importance discovered.

Anchored for the night in a small bay on the West coast of the island after a rather difficult time finding anchorage. Water showed 20 fathoms 300 yards from shore.

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